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The King’s Fund masterclasses

Unlocking partnership potential: creating new possibilities through ICSs 

As the legislation for Integrated Care Systems goes through the associated leadership challenges – and opportunities – come into sharper focus. Leaders across the health and care system are faced with the unrelenting demands of their own organisations coupled with the need to create and refine new models of working in partnership with those beyond, at a neighbourhood, place or wider system level.    

This masterclass series creates space and sheds light on the key considerations for those in executive/senior roles within the NHS, Local Authority and voluntary organisations, wanting to get clearer on the mindset, skillset and behavioural shifts required to: 

  • Notice and balance the tensions of leading an organisation and bringing impactful leadership to a wider system 
  • Build robust and effective partnerships based on a genuinely shared vision 
  • Acknowledge and use power collectively with others to create the conditions for new possibilities to surface, and old patterns to be broken 

Co-hosted by consultants from The King’s Fund, each two-hour masterclasses will include a combination of models and concepts as stimulus for peer-based reflection and discussion alongside practical insight and activities.  

Spaces are limited (Max 40 per session) so please book to secure your place soon.  

Who is this offer for? 

Anyone currently operating in an Executive role or equivalent leading across health and care (CEOs, AOs, Executive Directors, Senior ICS Leads, Chairs, Non- Executive Directors or Lay members) with an interest in System Leadership   

Non-urgent advice: Upcoming Masterclasses

Masterclass 1: Systems leadership in practice (FULLY BOOKED)

Wednesday 10 November 2021 – 10.00 – 12.00 

We will revisit key thinking about systems and more importantly identify and reflect on the core capabilities. We’ll make time to consider individual priority areas to pay attention to as leaders.  

Masterclass 2: Generating collaborative possibility (FULLY BOOKED)

Tuesday 15 February 2022 – 10.00 – 12.00

Here we will focus on the behaviours and practices that support meetings and other interactions to be conducive to generating new thinking and action collectively. We’ll identify how we can build shared awareness of how we are engaging in discussion and benefiting from different perspectives. We’ll also consider steps for positively disrupting stuck patterns of communication. 

Masterclass 3: Balancing power and influencing in partnership (FULLY BOOKED) 

Monday 21 March 2022 – 13.30 – 15.30 

This final session will consider the complex and nuanced territory of power and genuine partnership as we explore how leaders can create the conditions for sharing power within and beyond meetings in Partnership Boards, for example. 


New perspectives – thought leadership from The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund will write a short thought-piece on the issues arising from the conversations, supplemented with any informing theory.

As a lead into the series Unlocking partnership potential: creating new possibilities through ICSs, The King’s fund have written a thought piece which can be found here.

Previous thought pieces from the series: Learning from Covid-19:

Chief Executive Development Network Action for Change Events

 Action for Change Seminar Series

You may be working with catalytic speakers on an important theme for senior leaders in health and care to form facilitated community of practice meetings regularly, to act and learn together. 

Designed to catalyse collective action for Executive Leaders on current health and care priorities, the offer comprises an expert seminar series which have been supported by half-day action learning sets which will meet three times over six months to translate ideas into practice.  

Recent past seminars

  • The Politics of Leading Integration and Health Inequalities (22 November 2021)
  • Becoming an ICS Lead: Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive of the Frimley Health and Care ICS and Accountable Officer for NHS Frimley CCG and Rob Webster, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS (10 September 2021)
  • Three NHS Chief Executives: Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Stacey Hunter, Chief Executive, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Kevin McNamara, Chief Executive, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (27 May 2021)
  • Sir David Dalton, Provider Collaboratives: New Ways of Working (26 May 2021)
  • Raj Jain, Chief Executive of Northern Care Alliance NHS Group with Local Authority colleagues (23 March 2021).
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, (25 February 2021)
  • Jon Rouse, City Director, City of Stoke on Trent (05 February 2021)
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot will launch CEDN’s second Action for Change series on Health Inequalities: Leading for Equality (03 March 2021). (Recording of event: Health Inequalities: Leading for equality)

Chief Executive Development Network Themed Sessions

The new webinars offer leadership perspectives from other sectors alongside expert guidance on handling universal leadership challenges.  

Non-urgent advice: CEDN – Online Interactive Workshop: Developing the Chair/Chief Executive Relationship

Developing the Chair/Chief Executive Relationship 24th January 16:00 – 18:00

The relationship between the chair and chief executive sets the tone for board effectiveness and influences wider organisational culture.  Yet, there is little available advice and guidance on how to develop this critical relationship, enabling both to maintain clear role delineation in a context of trust and mutual support.

This new series of conversations on Developing the Chair/Chief Executive Relationship aims to change that, with this second event building on our first meeting with Elaine Bayliss and Marie Gabriel.  It is offered as part of the developmental support available through the established Chief Executive Development Network and new Chair Development Network.

During the afternoon we will meet an established and respected chief executive and chair to build collective insight from their reflections on working together in East London Foundation Trust:

Marie Gabriel, Independent Chair Designate of NEL Integrated Care System and Navina Evans, Chief Executive, Health Education England

As well as exploring good practice in creating a strong and respectful relationship, we will also consider approaches to addressing the typical tensions and challenges that occur, grounding our work in the interests of colleagues in the room. 

Audience: This session will be open to all chief executives, accountable officers, and Chairs across healthcare organisations.

To book yourself on please click HERE

Non-urgent advice: CEDN Residential : The realities of system leadership

The return of the popular and well-respected CEDN residential: The realities of system leadership 1st and 02 March 2022 (Timings TBC)

We appreciate that all members of our NHS Chief Executive community continue to face an unparalleled set of opportunities and challenges. As well as emerging from overseeing recovery whilst managing winter pressures, we are still dealing with the unknown trajectory of the pandemic as we simultaneously change to system working, shaped by a new Secretary of State and NHS Chief Executive. Many of us recognise that we will need to transform how we work to lead through these combined challenges at a point of widespread weariness.

This (now virtual) Residential will give you the opportunity to think about how you respond to these realities, providing you with the space to learn, reflect, connect and replenish in an entirely confidential peer network. With the Health and Care Bill set to become law in early April, our broad theme for the two days will be The Realities of System Leadership. During the two days we hope to be joined by colleagues and contributors such as Ernst Kuipers, CEO of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and Matthew Syed, who featured together on the Channel 4 Dispatches Programme, ‘Clapped Out? Is the NHS Broken?’, along with General Messenger to discuss the implications of his NHS Leadership Review.

As with all our Residentials, we will build a supportive and honest environment, offering structured opportunities to meet new and familiar colleagues for rich and real conversations about issues of shared and current interest. We will design our programme together rather than following a set agenda, emphasising opportunities for reflection with and learning from peers and welcoming colleagues who can only join for some of the time.

Audience: This session will be open to all Chief Executives and Accountable Officers only across healthcare organisations.

Venue: Virtual

To register for the event please click HERE

Non-urgent advice: CEDN Webinar : “In Conversation” with senior civil servant William Vineall

24th March 2022 14:00 – 16:30

“In Conversation” with senior civil servant William Vineall – Director: NHS Quality, Safety & Investigations from the Department of Health & Social Care. This will be a facilitated dialogue with William on his own leadership reflections, experience and observations of working in central government in recent years. This session will also be an opportunity to gain a perspective on policy formation and decision making as we come out of Winter in March next year.

More details to follow etc.

To register for the event please click HERE

Recent past webinars

Chief Executive Development Network Dialogue for Change

Dialogues are half-day facilitated conversations, providing the opportunity for mutually influential discussions between Chief Executives and national system leaders. The sessions offer guests the confidential opportunity to describe their thinking and its underlying influences, whilst being open to discussion and debate with members. So, for each session for example, we hope to be able to explore questions such as ‘what have you learned from the last six months and how is that shaping your Policy/Plans/future thinking?’ 

Recent past seminars

The second Dialogue for change was with Julian Kelly, Chief Financial Officer for NHS England & NHS Improvement on 4 November 2021.

Amanda Pritchard pioneered the Network’s first Dialogue that took place on 14 October 2020.

Future dates and speakers will be confirmed soon.  


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